Tom Cook



I went to University College London for a science BSc and then Imperial College London for an MSc in the history of science


BSc, MSc.

Work History:

All over the place! Several TV production companies as well as a few restaurant kitchens when just out of University.

Current Job:

TV producer, director and series producer


Windfall Films

About Me

I’m a science TV series producer and director

I live in South London with my wife and 8 month old daughter and two cats.  I’ve made telly for the past ten years, mostly science but also natural history and some engineering series. When I’m not working I love gardening, cooking and taking photos. Mostly of my beautiful daughter!

My Work

I make science and natural history TV for a living.

As a series producer I’m responsible for all aspects of the TV programme I’m working on. On the Christmas Lectures my role was to oversee the day to day running of the production including working with the lecturer Saiful on the script, coming up with ideas and working with the fantastic team making the demos and experiments happen. I don’t direct any of the cameras on set in a live production. That’s the job of a Studio Director. But when not working on the Christmas Lectures I direct documentaries (ie not live) so often film stuff and use cameras myself. It’s a varied job!

My Typical Day

There’s no typical day for me I’m afraid – it really varies.

What I do in a day depends on what stage of a project I’m at. If I’m in the early stages of a programme before filming, I will spend at least some of my day writing and editing scripts. I will probably catch up with my researchers, and often speak with scientists on the phone as part of my own research. When filming I will be on set working with the Studio Director, overseeing camera operators or filming scenes myself. After filming I will sit in a dark room with an editor piecing all the footage together into a finished programme.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Interested, dedicated and tired!

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Nils Frahm

What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Walked the length of the Pyrenees from coast to coast with a friend.

What did you want to be after you left school?

I had no idea!

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Yes. But I’m not telling how much.

What was your favourite subject at school?

Biology and English

My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:

Inky Minx the cow and her beautiful calf jet.

Tell us a joke.

Why can’t you trust atoms? They make up everything! (Stolen from Saiful Islam – but I’m sure he won’t mind)

Other stuff

Work photos: